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December 14, 2012
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  • Restaurant workers win in San Francisco wage-and-hour settlement
    Some 207 workers from 18 San Francisco area restaurants will share in a $491,852 settlement as a result of an investigation that found the eateries in violation of minimum wage, record-keeping and overtime-pay laws, according to the Labor Department. Earlier, the department's investigations uncovered $2.1 million in violations at almost 500 area restaurants between 2006 and 2011. The Examiner (San Francisco) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Restaurant News 
  • Burger King, franchisee strike Mexico expansion deal
    Burger King has formed a joint venture with franchisee Alsea, S.A.B. de C.V., aimed at ramping up expansion in Mexico in the coming years. Alsea, which operates 1,227 restaurants in four Latin American countries, has been a Burger King franchisee for more than a decade; it also operates restaurants under several other brands including Domino's, Starbucks and California Pizza Kitchen. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • How can your restaurant prepare for a natural disaster?
    More than a month after Hurricane Sandy, restaurateurs are rebuilding and learning in hindsight how they could have been better prepared for the devastating natural disaster, experts say. They offer tips on creating a disaster recovery plan, which should address everything from backup generators to how businesses will communicate with staff and process payroll. QSR Magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Which chains serve up the best value?
    Huffington Post and YouGov Brand Index have teamed to rate restaurant chains based on consumers' perceptions about the value each offers. Subway ranked first, followed by Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Olive Garden and Outback to round out the top five. The Huffington Post (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Culinary Spotlight 
  • A whelk by any other name is still good eats
    Scungilli is part of the traditional Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes, but the mollusk is less well known in the U.S. when called by its English name -- the whelk. Whelk is popular in England and other parts of Europe, and U.S. chefs are starting to put it on the menu more often, in chowders or lightly boiled with a tub of garlicky green sauce on the side, as chef April Bloomfield does at John Dory in New York City. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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